Ko off to a sensational start at Open
Teenage golf sensation Lydia Ko has made a spectacular start to her Australian Open campaign in pristine conditions at Royal Canberra this morning.
With barely a breath of wind on course, the 15-year-old New Zealand amateur recovered from a bogey on her opening hole to be outright leader at six-under through nine holes.
Ko birdied four straight holes from 11 to 14, before eagling the par-five 15th, much to the delight of the huge galleries following her every move.
Ko became the youngest player to win a professional tournament at last year's New South Wales Open, and entered the Australian Open in great form after winning her homeland's national tournament last week.
Playing alongside Ko in the same group, world no.1 Yani Tseng has also put herself in an ideal position, just one shot off the pace at five-under.
Little known Korean Mi Hyang Lee, ranked no.399 in the world, is the bolter on the leaderboard also at five-under, while Columbian Mariajo Uribe began brilliantly to be five-under through eight holes.
Queenslander Katherine Hull-Kirk is the leading Australian, in a tie for seventh at three-under.
American glamour girl Michelle Wie has endured an up-and-down start to her first round, and was even with the card through eight holes.
Australian Karrie Webb will begin her quest for a fifth Australian Open title when she begins her first round at 12.50pm.
The world no.12 is in the same group as world no.3 American Stacey Lewis, and defending champion Jessica Korda.